Mu­si­cians have car­ni­val fun with Ger­man twins

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Three-year Conversion To Led Bulbs - By Sam Wil­liams

Mu­si­cians from Ash­ford have re­turned from Europe on a high af­ter per­form­ing in a tra­di­tional Ger­man fes­ti­val.

Mem­bers of Ash­ford Folk, along with their part­ners, trav­elled to the Rhineland re­gion in Ger­many for Car­ni­val.

The cel­e­bra­tions kicked off with women’s day on Fe­bru­ary 4, and con­tin­ued over the week­end with live mu­sic, pro­ces­sions and dances.

Over the course of their five-day trip, the band en­ter­tained peo­ple by play­ing in schools, town halls, pubs and in the Volks bank.

They even took re­quests and danced with the Mayor of Bad Mün­stereifel, Sabine Preis­erMar­ian.

On the Sun­day, they per­formed in the main street in Bad Mün­stereifel, which is twinned with Ash­ford, be­fore and af­ter the clos­ing pa­rade.

Group sec­re­tary Jim Davies, who is the for­mer chair­man of the Ash­ford Twin­ning As­so­ci­a­tion, said: “The whole trip went ex­tremely well.

“We played at a pri­mary school on the Thurs­day which was fan- tas­tic as well as at the Volks bank.

“We’d urge ev­ery­one to put their money into the Volks bank – it’s great, you sim­ply walk in and they give you beer, wine or cham­pagne and play mu­sic for you. You don’t get that in Ash­ford.”

This was the se­cond time Mr Davis had per­formed in the re­gion, hav­ing played with band M Folk in 2009.

He adds: “Peo­ple seemed to en­joy the Ger­man songs we had learnt and some peo­ple re­mem­bered from when the band played six years ago.

“And be­cause we are in­volved in the Twin­ning As­so­ci­a­tion, we just kept bump­ing into peo­ple we knew.”

Ash­ford has been of­fi­cially linked with Bad Mün­stereifel since 1964. The Twin­ning As­so­ci­a­tion reg­u­larly or­gan­ises vis­its both to and from the town each year, as well as Fougeres in France, which is also twinned with Ash­ford.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the as­so­ci­a­tion go to www.ash­ford.gov.uk/twin­ning.

Sabine Preiser-Mar­ian, Burg­er­meis­terin of Bad Muen­stereifel, third from right, joins in the fun

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